This keto meatloaf is SO comforting, satisfying, and delicious! It's easy to make, only has 1 NET CARB a slice, and doesn't taste low carb at all. Honestly, it's THE BEST meatloaf recipe for the keto diet. Oh, and you can even wrap it in bacon to take it to a whole different level of deliciousness.
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The Best Keto Meatloaf Recipe
What makes this keto meatloaf recipe the BEST, you ask?
Easy. It’s the mix of juicy ground beef, flavorful spices, and extra cheesy cheddar and grated parmesan!
This low carb recipe makes a meatloaf so tender, juicy, and flavorful that you’ll wish you could go back in time and feed this to your childhood self.
Yup, it’s that good.
But don’t take my word for it, I highly recommend trying this low carb meatloaf recipe for yourself and seeing what makes this the absolute BEST.
This recipe takes a little more time - it takes about an hour - but the result is so worth it.
Plus, you can make this during the weekend and have 10 savory slices of deliciously juicy and flavorful keto meatloaf ready for a whole week of low carb meals.
The secret behind the flavors in this low carb meatloaf recipe is in the mix of spices and aromatics.
And if you want the perfect side to go with this low carb meatloaf, I highly suggest making these keto cheddar bay biscuits! Oh, and if you're looking for some healthy wine to pair with this meatloaf recipe, check out this low calorie wine list.
The ingredients to make this keto meatloaf mixture are actually really simple and pretty much the same ones used in regular meatloaf.
Here's what you'll need
- 1 Tbsp (14g) Macadamia Nut Oil
- 1 Medium Onion (100g ) chopped
- 1 Cup Celery (100g) chopped into tiny pieces
- 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 Tsp. Oregano
- 1 Tsp. Chili Powder
- 1 Tsp. Italian Seasoning
- 2 Lbs. (907g) 80/20 Ground Beef
- 1 Cup (112g) Shredded Cheddar
- ⅓ Cup (35g) Almond Flour
- Heaping ¼ Cup (25g) Grated Parmesan
- 2 Eggs
- 2 tablespoon (30g) Liquid Aminos - or Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- ⅓ Cup (80g) Keto Ketchup
- 6-8 Slices of bacon
The Vegetables, Spices, and Beef To Use In This Keto Meatloaf
Sweet onions, savory garlic, and fresh celery make the perfect base for this delicious keto recipe.
Just a few minutes into this making this easy keto meatloaf and your kitchen already smells fantastic.
We take it even further with a combination of oregano, chili powder, and Italian seasoning. Seriously, the scent of this cooking in your kitchen is mind-blowing.
Then, you mix those in with 80/20 ground beef – this ratio of fat to meat is perfect for creating a totally moist and juicy low carb meatloaf.
Cheese To Use To Make This Meatloaf Keto Friendly
I incorporated shredded cheddar and grated parmesan into this recipe.
The cheese melts into the beef and creates a super delicious and addictively cheesy finish!
Kind of like my favorite keto cheeseburger casserole recipe.
Pro tip: to save carbs shred the cheddar yourself if you can. Pre-packaged cheddar usually comes with additional starches to keep it from sticking and that will increase the carb count.
Flours To Use For This Low Carb Meatloaf
Almond flour and eggs bind everything together and provide the best texture for this keto meatloaf.
As always, if almond flour isn’t your thing, you can sub in walnut flour or sunflower seed flour on a 1:1 basis.
Do not substitute almond flour with coconut flour. Not only will your meatloaf end up dry, but you’ll also end up with a faint hint of coconut that just doesn’t go with the flavors in this recipe.
Cooking The Meatloaf
After 40 minutes of baking, just cover it with sugar free ketchup and bake until it’s ready.
The sugar free ketchup toasts on the meatloaf and adds the perfect amount of tanginess that complements the rich cheese and ground beef. It's, in one word, amazing.
Also, don’t be intimidated by the cooking time of this recipe. A lot of it is just spent waiting for the meatloaf to finish baking, so that gives you time to meal prep other dishes for the week.
Plus, when you’re done it yields 10 glorious slices worth of this awesomely juicy and flavorful keto meatloaf mixture – at only 1 NET CARB per slice!
Not gonna lie, I’m kind of impatient. But even I can tell you that the wait for this low carb meatloaf is definitely worth it.
I don’t call it the best keto meatloaf for nothing!
There’s so much to love about this tender and flavorful keto meatloaf recipe.
I absolutely can’t wait for you to try it!
Making This A Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
You can take this low carb keto meatloaf recipe to the next level by wrapping it in bacon!
And who doesn't love bacon?!
Anyways, the bacon adds a ton of flavor and a fantastic crispy texture to the outside of the meatloaf.
So to do add it, just wrap 6-8 slices of bacon around the sugar free ketchup covered meatloaf before baking.
How To Make Air Fryer Meatloaf
This low carb meatloaf recipe calls for baking, but it’s so versatile that you can make it in your air fryer too!
For an air fryer version of this keto recipe, shape the meatloaf on a tray, then set the air fryer to 380°F. Add some foil to the bottom of the air fryer, then bake.
Make sure to check the progress of your meatloaf on the 20 and 30-minute marks because the cooking time will be less on the air fryer.
If for some reason it starts browning too quickly, just cover it with foil.
Then at the 30-minute mark, cover it with sugar free ketchup and bake until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.Print
Keto Meatloaf | The BEST, Easy, Low Carb Meatloaf Recipe You'll Make
This keto meatloaf is SO comforting, satisfying, and delicious! It's easy to make, only has 1 NET CARB a slice, and doesn't taste low carb at all. Honestly, it's 100% THE BEST meatloaf recipe for the keto diet. Oh, and you can even wrap it in bacon to take it to a whole different level of deliciousness.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 1 hr
- Total Time: 57 minute
- Yield: 10 Slices
- Category: Dinner
- Cuisine: Keto
1 Tbsp (14g) Macadamia Nut Oil
1 Medium Onion (100g ) chopped
1 Cup Celery (100g) chopped into tiny pieces
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Tsp. Oregano
1 Tsp. Chili Powder
1 Tsp. Italian Seasoning
2 Lbs. (907g) 80/20 Ground Beef
1 Cup (112g) Shredded Cheddar
⅓ Cup (35g) Almond Flour
Heaping ¼ Cup (25g) Grated Parmesan
2 Tbsp (30g) Liquid Aminos - or Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste
⅓ Cup (80g) Keto Ketchup
6-8 Slices of bacon
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Grease a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray and set it aside.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add and heat the Macadamia Nut Oil.
- Now, add the onion & celery and cook until soft and translucent.
- Next, add the garlic, oregano, and chili powder, and Italian seasoning and cook until fragrant.
Once fragrant, let the mixture cool.
- Now, when the mixture cools, use a large bowl to add and combine all of the ingredients - except for the ketchup.
- Shape meat mixture into the size of a large loaf, and add it to the pan. *If using bacon, wrap it in bacon before adding the meatloaf to the pan.
- Cook for 40 minutes, remove, and cover with ketchup (if using)
- Return to oven and cook for another 15-20 minutes (once the internal temp gets to 165°F).
- Let it rest 10-15 minutes before cutting into it.
- Garnish with fresh oregano, or more Italian seasoning.
Air Fryer Cooking Instructions:
- Cover the air fryer basket with tin foil.
- Add the meatloaf to the basket.
- Set the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit, and cook for 20-30 minutes.
- Add the keto ketchup if using, and if it's browning to quickly cover it with foil.
- Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes. *Just make sure the internal temp. reaches 165°F
- Serving Size: 1 Slice
- Calories: 335
- Fat: 27
- Carbohydrates: 2.25
- Fiber: 1.25
- Protein: 21
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Thank you so much for sharing these recipes.
Mark Lencioni says
This is better than any meatloaf I have ever made, I double the recipe and add 2 lb Italian sausage, and follow the recipe and I rarely have leftovers... keto or not, I would make this for company and not even tell them... they would never know! This is delicious!
Especially with being at home due to the corona virus, I look forward to using this and many other of your fabulous your recipes!! Thank you!
The Diet Chef says
Thanks Marcy! I hope you like them :)
Sue white says
I must say I make a great meatloaf and was looking for different recipes because I now I subscribe to keto. Well, I’m not a fan of almond flour but I used it and added some red hot pepper and jalapeños. This was so delish I can’t tell you. The cumin, oregano, cheeses....So simple but so tasty. Ty ty!
Donna SR says
I made this meatloaf wrapped in bacon, sooo good. I made it in a 9 by 13 dish and I had to empty out the grease twice during baking but it was juicy and tasty. Definitely a keeper.
Best Meat Loaf EVER!
Thank you for this recipe! My husband and I kind of fell out of our Keto lifestyle due to the pandemic but am trying to start up again. My husband's increased use of insulin is what's driving me 😁
Gail Bragg says
I have never really cared for meatloaf that much but my husband has always been a meatloaf fan. I made your keto meatloaf tonight exactly as written and it was INCREDIBLE. The best flavor - moist - DELICIOUS!!!
I plan to have this recipe on my meal plan at least every two weeks.
Thank you so very much for sharing your recipe
This was delicious. This Meat loaf recipe was very moist and tender which is not the usual outcome for meat loaf. I thought it was easy to prepare. Thank you for sharing and all you do. I usually make your desserts which are also delicious. I am going to have to investigate more main dishes.
I used green pepper in place of celery because it's what I had on hand and I draped a few optional slices of bacon across the top. The meatloaf was excellent - both flavorful and very moist. I will definitely be using this recipe again!
I chose this one because it was created by a man, since it's usually my husband that I love seeing smile when I put a good meal on the table. (Rarely does he NEVER smile about what I fix, so I really like surprising him with something out of the ball part.) This was the best meatloaf I've had in a LONG time! Excellent! My husband walked in from work as I was pulling it out of the oven. You should have seen him smile!!! Thanks!
I’ve made this recipe twice. It’s the best keto recipe I’ve ever made. Think I’ll try the orange chicken next.
Love your recipes. We tried the meatloaf and it made enough for dinner and lunches the next day.
Very flavourful and filling.
The BEST meatloaf my family has ever had. The flavor is incredible, it's become a go to dinner. The only thing we don't do is add the celery.
A friend made this for my daughter and I for dinner one night (we are all Keto-ites). Oh. My. Word. "Best meatloaf" hardly covers it. Fabulous! I've subscribed to your website....those chocolate chip cookies look like a game-changer! Besides, who doesn't like to look at a good-looking man while cooking?
This was the best keto meatloaf we’ve made!
Jamie S says
Delicious! Reminds me of my grandmas meatloaf. Thank you for the great recipe:)
Amanda B says
This was awesome leftover. I had it all week for dinner. Thank you for the recipe!
So easy & so yummy.
Great dinner recipe. My family eats a ton and we had some leftover. Very easy meal if you need to feed five people.
Loved it! Was wary about cooking it in the air fryer but it actually turned out great!
Flavor was superb. Excellent leftover in addition.
Whole family loved it!
Amazing! Going to try it bacon wrapped next time.
One of the better keto dinners I've had!
Loved it. Ate for lunch the next day!
Awesome family dinner recipe!
Best meatloaf keto or not out there.
Perfect recipe if you are looking to feed a family and want everyone to be pleased with the meal (:
Good thing there's only 1 carb. I had like five slices, so good.
My husband and I both LOVE Meatloaf. This is amazing, you would never know its keto. I add bell peppers to the veggie mix and I use Red cooking wine for the liquid aminos. Comes out moist, juicy & full of yummy flavors every time. I Make this every couple weeks in my air fryer. Thank you for sharing this recipe!!
Winner winner meatloaf dinner!
For this I used your barbecue sauce instead of the ketchup. Power moves only!!!
So easy and delicious.
Really good meatloaf! Thanks.
This wrapped in bacon was hella good.
We had this with a side of cauliflower mashed potatoes. Ultimate comfort meal!!
Very good dinner to feed a lot of people.
Stop recipe shopping and make this! I made this for my man tonight. Meat loaf is his favorite meal but I'm ketogenic now.... this meatloaf is actually hands down the best I've ever had (and I don't like meatloaf). This is a genius recipe! Thank you so much!
INCREDIBLE. Made this with ground turkey instead of beef and added a beef bouillon cube. Out of this world good. Husband couldn't believe it was turkey and keto. This is definitely taking the place of my old meatloaf recipe. Thank you so much!
The Diet Chef says
This meatloaf is the bomb . com!!!
I ran across this recipe looking for a good Keto meatloaf, and I made it for dinner last night! It was DELICIOUS! 5 STARS*! My husband (big meatloaf fan) said he wanted this meatloaf from now on! I made it in the air fryer, which was a big plus too!! Thanks for this great recipe! Now I can't wait to try more of your recipes!!!
The Diet Chef says
Glad you loved it.